Home Team BBQ's pitmasters this September will travel to London to serve pulled pork and pastrami sliders at an event that owner Aaron Siegel predicts will be "one of the highlights of our cooking careers."
Meatopia UK is a year-old spinoff of Meatopia, a carnivorous extravaganza created in 2005 by food writer Josh Ozersky. At the 2014 edition of the two-day event, 20 cook teams from four different countries will prepare "high-quality, sustainably-farmed meat" over charcoal- and wood-fueled fires. Announced dishes include Coke-smoked chicken in marshmallow barbecue sauce; smoked bone marrow curry; goat tacos and a double-smoked, bacon-wrapped hot dog.
Asked to propose something "South Carolina-focused," Home Team came up with a pork belly pastrami, similar to what they served at a RiverDogs' game earlier this summer.
"Traditional fatty cuts of the pig lend themselves to this type of brine and rub," Siegel says of the dish's inspiration, adding that the sandwiches dressed with smoked poblano mustard are emblematic of "our creative tendencies in relation to traditional barbecue."
The pulled pork will be served on white bread with coleslaw and barbecue sauce.
"This is a pretty big deal for Home Team BBQ," Siegel says, noting that the crew has never before been invited to an international festival.
For more information about Meatopia UK, which convenes on Sept. 6, check out meatopia.co.uk.